It’s the first time Microsoft has created a typeface for a city, so obviously there was only one place big and bold enough to do it!
Font Dubai is now a thing and, like the emirate, combines Arabic and Latin text. Microsoft’s Dr. Nadine Chahine worked with global agency Monotype to simultaneously design the font in Arabic and English. Reflecting Dubai’s broad cultural mix, it is also available in 23 other languages.
Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, says the Dubai Font “combines the authenticity of the past and the aspirations of the future”.
It’s all part of the UAE’s vision to become a regional and global leader in innovation and making its mark in the digital world, added Abdulla Abdul Rahman Al Shaibani, secretary general of the Executive Council of Dubai (pictured).
— Dubai Font (@DubaiFont) April 30, 2017
Where can we expect to see Font Dubai? The Crown Prince has directed all government bodies to start using it in their correspondence and more than 10 million Microsoft 365 users worldwide will have free access. Want to make it part of your online life? It can also be downloaded here.